Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage is located on the main Chingola-Solwezi Road, 65kms from Chingola. Travelling out of Chingola towards Chililabombwe, turn left (West) at the main junction & security checkpoint, onto the Solwezi Road. Drive for approximately 50kms and turn right (north) at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage sign onto an untarred road. The sanctuary is 15kms from this turning.
On arrival, follow the signs for “Office” to get to the Education Centre and its accommodation units.
The GPS coordinates of the sanctuary are: S12° 21.924‘ E027° 28.912‘
Chimfunshi offers 3 rustic cottages – each with a twin-bedded room, a double-bedded room, and a rear dormitory. The rooms are basic but clean and comfortable.
Camping and campervans are welcomed, however, please note these are unpowered sites. For large groups, Safari tents are available for use as dormitory accommodation. Toilets are environmentally-friendly, the long-drop type with a western seat and ablution blocks are available, with hot water & hot shower facilities from late afternoon.
If you are self-catering, there are braai (BBQ) stands available or you can use the communal kitchen, which is equipped with a gas stove/oven, plates, glassware, cutlery, saucepans and fry pans.
As a courtesy to other visitors, we ask that all these items are washed and cleaned after use. A communal fridge is also available for your use.
Chimfunshi is powered entirely by solar energy. When there are many visitors, power is likely to run out by 18:00 hrs, so we strongly recommend you bring a head torch, torch or candles.
Please note that due to our location, Chimfunshi has limited mobile phone reception. There are “hot spots” where you may be able to connect to MTN and ZAMTEL. However, an Airtel base-station was recently installed at Chimfunshi. Airtel in therefore accessible. Chimfunshi also offers an internet hotspot. Vouchers are available for sale from the Chimfunshi gift shop.
Adults – $30 per person per night
Children – $15 per child per night
Adults – $15 – $20 per person per night
Children – $7,50 – $10 per child per night
Includes full use of kitchen, fridge & braai (BBQ) facilities
Day visitors – you are welcome to bring your own food for a picnic or braai (BBQ) under the thatched lapa at our Education Centre. Alternatively, surround yourself in the lush Miombo Woodlands at the chimpanzee enclosures and eat lunch at the picnic tables. Cost for the use of the braai stands and charcoal is $5 or if you bring your own wood/charcoal braai charge is $2 for cleaning fees.
Chimfunshi offers the following catering options:
For day visitors – a variety of freshly made sandwiches from $4 or braai (BBQ) packs are available from $5/person to $10/person.
For overnight visitors – full-catering with 3 tasty meals prepared for you throughout your stay.
The self-catering charge is $30 per person per day.
Visitors to Chimfunshi need to have their own transport to travel around the sanctuary. From the Education Centre where the reception, gift shop, and visitor accommodation facilities are located; the chimpanzee enclosures are 4.5kms away. If you wish to visit the orphanage and a chance to personally meet Chimfunshi’s founder, Sheila Siddle, the orphanage is located 8 km away.
Chimfunshi offers a transfer service from/to Ndola, Kitwe and Chingola.
Prices are Ndola US$200, Kitwe US$150, Chingola US$ 100 one-way for up to 4 people, payable in Zambian Kwacha equivalent.
We can also recommend trusted and reliable taxi drivers to bring you to Chimfunshi from Ndola, Kitwe or Chingola. Contact details can be provided at the time of booking if required. Prices would be negotiated between the taxi driver and you at the time.
Local buses can be caught to Muchinshi the closest village, approx. 25kms from Chimfunshi. The cost of a transfer from/to Muchinshi is ZMW 100 each way per person.
The Chimfunshi management strongly recommends arriving at Chimfunshi before nightfall for your safety and ease of settling into your accommodation.
Approximate Travel times to/from Chimfunshi are:
Lusaka 9 hrs, Ndola 4 hrs, Kitwe 3 hrs, Chingola 2 hrs.
For the protection of the chimps, we must insist that each person who participates in any of our one-on-one chimp experiences provides proof of specific vaccinations and health checks. These inoculations and tests should be readily available from your local health provider. All vaccinations must be at least two weeks old prior to your arrival at Chimfunshi as this is the length of time necessary for your immunity levels to react.
Required vaccinations are:
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Measles, Meningococcal meningitis, Polio, Tetanus, Yellow Fever, Seasonal Flu.